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Limited Submission Opportunity: 2024 South Arts Presentation Grants

Applications due Jan. 10

Vanderbilt University may submit one application to the South Arts Presentation Grants program.

Presentation Grants are an opportunity for organizations in South Arts’ nine-state region to receive fee support to present Southern guest film directors, visual and performing artists, or writers from inside or outside of the presenter’s state. Artist fee support is awarded for:

  • film (documentary, fiction, experimental and animation)
  • performing arts (theater, music, opera, musical theater and dance)
  • literary arts (fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry)
  • traditional arts
  • visual arts (crafts, drawing, experimental, painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media).

Projects must include both a public presentation (film screening, performance, reading or exhibition) and an educational/community engagement component. These grants are limited and very competitive.

Based on the artist fee, the maximum request is $9,500 for modern dance and contemporary ballet or $7,500 for other artistic disciplines. The grant requires a dollar-for-dollar cash match (for example, an applicant that requests $7,500 must provide a $7,500 cash match for a project with a $15,000 artist fee). Applicants can request up to 50 percent of the artist fee as listed in the artist contract or letter of agreement.

Please note that a minimum cost share/match from the applicant institution equal to the grant amount (1:1) is required. Commitment of this matching must be documented in the required internal letter of support.


  • The project must take place between July 1, 2024, and June 30, 2025.
  • Eligible projects must take place in South Arts’ nine-state region (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina or Tennessee). Unless there are special circumstances, projects should occur in the applicant’s state (please contact South Arts to discuss special conditions).
  • Eligible projects must include the engagement of a guest artist or company (i.e., a film director, visual artist, performing artist/ensemble or writer) that resides in the South Arts region. The engagement must include a guest artist that resides inside or outside of the applicant’s state.
  • Screening partners currently receiving funding through South Arts’ Southern Circuit program are not eligible to receive additional funding for Southern Circuit film screenings.
  • Applicants currently receiving funding through South Arts’ Traditional Arts Touring program are not eligible for this grant program.

Project requirements

  • The educational/community engagement component is integral to the project and should be carefully planned. A meaningful educational/community engagement component should involve concentrated preparation by the artist/company and presenter, including a learning event that has a lasting impact on the audience (e.g., workshops, lectures and master classes). The artist/company must conduct the educational/community engagement activity. Please be aware that failure to include an educational/community engagement component will result in ineligibility.
  • The project must include both a public presentation (film screening, performance, reading or exhibition) and an educational/community engagement activity.

The public presentation must meet the following requirements:

  • For a public reading, a minimum of 30 minutes of presentation by the writer is required.
  • For a public performance, a minimum of 60 minutes of performance by the artist/company is required.
  • For a public film screening, a minimum of 40 minutes of running time (this may include a full-length film or a collection of shorts) with the film director is required.
  • For a public exhibition, a presentation with the artist is required.
  • The educational/community engagement component is not limited to student participants. Although presentations at conferences and school-focused presentations—which primarily engage students (whether happening at the school or another venue)—will not be considered public presentations that are open and accessible to the general public, they will satisfy the educational/community engagement requirement.
  • For faith-based institutions, presenting projects must be without religious proselytizing.
  • Events must be open and marketed to the public and dedicated to serving a broad audience. While projects are not required to serve the entire geographic community, they should have targeted local participants.
  • All grant recipients are required to provide accessibility for constituents with disabilities at grant-funded events. For these guidelines, accessibility relates to your overall facility and project being accessible to all. In addition to physical access (ramps, accessible parking/box office/restrooms/seating, etc.), communications and programmatic accessibility are required and can help your organization build audiences and strengthen engagement. Grant applications should show evidence of thoughtful planning and implementation efforts. The National Endowment for the Arts has resources to assist arts organizations in making accommodations. Please visit the Endowment’s website for more information.

See the program website for more information.

An informational webinar will be held on Jan. 9, 2024, from 11 a.m. to noon ET. Register for the webinar. The webinar will be recorded and posted to this site afterwards.

Internal submission instructions

Interested faculty should visit to submit an application for the internal LSO competition and to find additional information about the opportunity. The deadline for the internal competition is Jan. 10, 2024.

Any questions about this opportunity or the LSO process may be directed to